The History of the Yorubas: From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate

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Cambridge University Press, 1966 - History - 684 pages
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Samuel Johnson (1846-1901) was an Anglican minister and historian renowned for his magisterial history of the Yoruba people. Born in Freetown in Sierra Leone and educated by the Church Missionary Society, Johnson was sent with his family to Idaban in Nigeria in 1857. He was ordained in 1880 and by 1897 had finished the manuscript for The History of the Yorubas. However the original publisher mysteriously misplaced the manuscript. After Johnson's death his brother, Dr Obadiah Johnson, recompiled the text from Samuel's notes. This volume, first published in 1921, contains that reconstructed edition. This pioneering volume brought together various oral and recorded accounts of Yoruba history, describing not only political history but also social customs, language and laws. Although recent analysis of the text has revealed some inaccuracies, this volume remains the standard reference for the history of the Yoruba people.
 

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Contents

i Introduction
xix
3 A Sketch of Yoruba Grammar
xxxiii
CHAPTER I
3
7 Ijesa human sacrifices
7
PART II
12
CHAPTER II
15
9 If
19
CHAPTER III
26
3 An unprovoked war Ado
390
A New Reign and Evil Prognostication
396
2 The Wokuti expedition
403
5 Plot against the Seriki Iyapd
410
3 Insurrection against the Are and the death of Seriki Iyapo
417
5 The revolt of the Ekiti tribes
423
2 The results of the Jalumi War
436
5 The Are to the front
444

CHAPTER V
79
CHAPTER VI
90
CHAPTER VIII
98
REVOLUTIONARY WARS AND DISRUPTION
141
FIRST PERIOD MYTHOLOGICAL KINGS AND DEIFIED HEROES CHAPTER I The Founders of the Yoruba Nation i Oduduwa H3 2 Oranyan
143
3 Ajuan alias Ajaka
148
4 Sango alias Olufiran
149
5 Ajakas second reign
152
SECOND PERIOD GROWTH PROSPERITY AND OPPRESSION CHAPTER II Historical Kings 1 Aganju
155
3 Oluaso
158
5 Ofinran
159
The Kings of Oyo Igboho 1 Eguguoju
161
3 Ajiboyede
162
4 Abipa or Oba moro
164
A Succession of Despotic Kings Oba lokun Agana Erin
168
3 Odarawu
169
4 Karan
170
6 Ayibi
172
7 Osifiyago
173
8 Ojigi
174
9 Gberu
175
Basorun GahA and his Atrocities and Abioduns Peaceful Reign 1 Labisi
178
4 Alajeogbe
180
5 Abiodun alias Adegolu
182
6 Abioduns peaceful reign
186
i Aole surnamed Arogangan
188
4 The rising of Ojo Agunbambaru
194
2 The first attempt to recover Ilorin Battle of Ogele
200
Consequences of the Revolution
206
3 State of the Capital at this period
212
2 The third attempt to recover Ilorin The Kanla war
218
2 Foundation of Abeokuta
226
CHAPTER XLThe Revolution in the Epo Districts
234
4 The Settlement of Ibadan
244
3 The Omyefun War
250
CHAPTER XIIIThe Last of Katunga
258
The Interregnum
269
2 Atibas accession
279
4 The Osogbo War
285
Fratricidal Wars
293
4 Abeokuta and Abaka
301
1 The Opin War
308
4 The Ara War and relief of Otun
317
6 Social reforms
324
A Glorious End and a Gory Dawn
328
3 When Greek meets Greek
336
4 Famine and the sword
345
1 The Awaye War
355
4 The second Dahomian invasion of Abeokuta
361
2 The Igbajo campaign
368
4 Ogedemgbe and the fall of Ilega
377
CHAPTER XXLTwo Administrations of Opposite Policies
383
i Home defences 45
450
4 New developments clouds and sunshine
457
2 The Alafins messenger
464
4 The lion at bay
473
A Rift in the Cloud
479
3 Desperate movements 49
490
2 The death of Latosisa the A O K
500
The Intervention of the British
508
2 The IIorins and peace proposals
515
3 The messengers and preliminary arrangements
521
4 The treaty of peace
527
CHAPTER XXXDispersal of the Combatants by Special
538
3 The Proclamation of Peace and firing of the camps
547
12 Proclamation
548
CHAPTER XXXIDisturbance in every part of
561
2 Revolutionary movements at Ijebu
567
4 The exploits of Esan and the controversy thereupon
576
Abortive Measures to Terminate the War i The mission of Alvan Millson
584
2 Subsidiary efforts of the Rev S Johnson
586
3 The AlAfins diplomacy
591
4 Correspondence and a treaty
594
5 The AlAfins measures for peace and the issues
601
6 The Ilorins at Ilobu
603
7 The conduct of the chiefs at Ikirun
605
CHAPTER XXXIIIThe Dark before the Dawn 1 Liberation of the Egbados
606
2 Troubles at Ijebu
607
3 Strained relations with the Ibadans
608
4 Death of Aliku the Emir of Ilorin
609
5 Ijebu excesses and infatuation
610
6 Causes that led to the Ijebu War
613
7 Further causes that led to the Ijebu War
615
8 The Ijebu campaign
618
9 Effects of the Campaign
623
The End of the War 1 Governor Carters progress up country
626
2 The return home of the Ibadans
629
3 The return of Governor Carter to Lagos
633
4 Local opinions about the
635
5 Constitution of the Ibadan Town Council
636
The Establishment of the British
638
Protectorate The Sequel 1 Abeokuta
643
3 Ijesa
645
5 He and Modakeke
646
6 Ilorin
648
APPENDIX A Treaties and Agreements 1 Abeokuta
651
2 Oyo
652
3 Ibadan an agreement
654
4 Egba boundaries
656
5 Abeokuta railway
658
6 Ibadan railway
660
APPENDIX
669
Index
673
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